Diabetes Queensland is asking people with the disease to consider their kidney health.
Diabetes Queensland is asking people with the disease to consider their kidney health.

Time to have a kidney check

DIABETES Queensland is asking Fraser Coast people with diabetes to consider their kidney health, after it was revealed that up to 30% of diabetes sufferers develop chronic kidney disease.

Diabetes can cause damage to the blood vessels in the kidneys and, when combined with increased blood glucose levels over time and elevated blood pressure, can increase the risk of long-term kidney complications.

Diabetes sufferers are being asked to have their kidneys checked on the back of Kidney Health Week, to prevent unnecessary health complications later in life.

Diabetes Queensland chief operations officer Taryn Black said Kidney Health Week was a great reminder for people with diabetes to be diligent about managing their condition.

"Every year 23,500 people are diagnosed with diabetes, which means nearly 8000 people are at risk of developing chronic kidney disease," she said.

"We are asking all people with diabetes to organise regular tests for kidney function.

"A lot of different factors can affect your health, like family history, genetics, ages and the length of time you've had diabetes, so everybody is different."

For more information about chronic kidney disease or diabetes, visit diabetesqld.org.au.

 

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